My husband does not consider himself to be a "real" republican though he's registered as an R, he prefers to call himself a "conservative" -- though the reality is he leans more libertarian than republican and maybe from years of living with me, is a bit more supportive of State and Local social service programs than most. He and I don't agree on many things political but we do agree that unfunded or underfunded government mandates should not exist, that States should have more control over what they want to provide or not provide and our Federal government is far to big and powerful than it was intended. States have very little control anymore, and it is at the state and local level where we as citizens stand a better chance at having an impact without lobbyists and special interest dollars taking away our voices.
Part of the above linked article:
Speaking on Fox News last weekend, Huckabee said that CPAC has become "more libertarian and less Republican over the last few years, one of the reasons why I [did not attend the event] this year."
The former GOP presidential candidate also suggested that the popularity of the Tea Party nation movement and its events all over the country have caused the influence of the CPAC to rapidly decline, and the organization is becoming irrelevant.
"The Tea Party has taken all the oxygen out of the room, where CPAC was historically the event," he told Fox News host Geraldo Rivera.
Even more ironic since the real creators of the tea parties before the republicans joined in was the libertarians...